For World Alzheimer's Month, Home Instead Senior Care will host more than 750 free Alzheimer's CARE Training sessions globally. Available both in-person and online, these training sessions help families prepare for and react to the challenging behaviors involved with Alzheimer's and dementia, and also to help family members care for themselves. A new handbook, Confidence to Care, goes with the training and the free Alzheimer's care smartphone app, Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Daily Helper. Both give insights to understanding, managing and preventing the behavioral symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and are designed to be quick reference materials when caregivers are looking for a solution to a situation.
Data from the World Alzheimer Report 2013, released Sept. 19, predicts the number of dependent older people will rise from 101 million in 2010 to 277 million in 2050. Conservative estimates show that at least 36 million people currently live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
According to the report, around 80 percent of those living in nursing homes have a form of dementia. This means more skilled caregivers will be needed to meet the needs of these folks. There are specific risks associated with the care of people with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Nothing is sadder than losing precious memories, except, perhaps, that of being forgotten. If losing memory were the only symptom associated with Alzheimer's and dementia, that would make the diseases a tragedy, but it is much more than forgetting who a first love was or even a first kiss. These diseases rob people of their very ability to take care of their own toileting, feeding themselves and, bathing and dressing.
Learn about ways to help the aging using natural or holistic methods. Engage them in challenging ways to keep the brain functioning for years to come. Play music, play card games, get them up and get them active, and help them remain social.